After scoring exactly zero points in their first game since relocating, the Rams probably made everyone in Los Angeles wish they would go back to St. Louis.
Yes, the 28-0 shutout in San Francisco was just that bad.
“The Rams offense is a joke,” Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It’s basically Todd Gurley, and if they can’t open holes for him and he can’t be Superman, they can’t do anything else. The scheme itself is not very good. There’s no creativity to it. Poor guys like Tavon Austin are not even used properly. He should be used more like a Wes Welker, a Julian Edelman, a Percy Harvin. Instead, they got him outside and trying to catch jump balls at 5-8.”
Gurley carried 17 times for just 47 yards (2.8 yards per carry), and Tavon Austin had four catches for just 13 yards.
And that’s before we even get to the quarterback.
Case Keenum was probably the worst quarterback to play in Week 1. He finished 17-of-35 for 130 yards and two interceptions against a defense that isn’t exactly last year’s Broncos.
“Case Keenum, at least half the league wouldn’t want him as their backup quarterback,” Simms said. “I think he is viewed around the NFL with most teams as a third-string type of quarterback. So the fact that Jared Goff couldn’t really just beat him out almost instantaneously (is a bad sign). Guys like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Andrew Luck – the first week of OTAs in the spring, they just go, ‘Oh, he’s clearly physically better. He’s the guy. We’re going to make him the starter. We know we’re going to go through some bumps in the road.’ So that’s scary from that standpoint.”
Keenum wasn’t the only Rams quarterback to outplay Goff in the preseason, either. So did Sean Mannion.
“I’ve been told – and of course I watched a lot of the film – Sean Mannion outperformed Jared Goff in just about every preseason game situation,” Simms said. “I know he outperformed him at practice as well. Jared Goff (is) a good player but does nothing physically elite. That’s why I don’t understand why there was a debate between him and Carson Wentz. Carson Wentz is a special athlete, a big guy, a big arm. He should have been the No. 1 pick. And now the Rams are in a situation where Les Snead (and) Jeff Fisher could get fired if it doesn’t work out for Jared Goff.”
Wentz was more than solid in his NFL debut, going 22-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 29-10 win over Cleveland.
The Rams (0-1) will try to get in the win column this Sunday at home against Seattle (1-0), which boasts perhaps the best defense in football. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. ET.